Easy Reference Guide of Safety Management System-related Documents

This easy reference guide lists regulations, exemptions, advisory circulars, publications, Transport Canada operational policies and Transport Canada civil aviation inspector procedures related to safety management systems. The documents are organized in the following categories:

If you do not see your certificate type listed, consult the implementation schedule of forecasted in-force dates (subject to change without notice) of regulations pertaining to safety management systems.

General Information

Applicability Document Type References Description Additional information
Large and/or complex aviation organizations Advisory circular AC 107-001 Guidance on safety management systems development
Small aviation organizations operating under the Canadian Aviation Regulations Parts IV, V and VII Advisory circular AC 107-002 Guidance on safety management systems development
Safety Management Systems for Design Organizations Advisory circular AC 505-003

Surveillance and Oversight

Applicability Document Type References Description Additional information
Civil Aviation Surveillance Program Advisory circular AC SUR-004
Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action for TCCA Findings Advisory circular AC SUR-002

Parts of the Canadian Aviation Regulations

Part I – General Provisions

Applicability Document Type References Description Additional information
All certificate holders Regulation Subpart 6 Requirement to appoint an accountable executive Some certificate holders have been exempted from this regulation for a specified period of time. See if this applies to you by checking the exemption under your Part of the Canadian Aviation Regulations below.
Operator types listed in subsection 107.01 Regulation Subpart 7 General safety management system requirements

Part III – Aerodromes, Airports and Heliports

Applicability Document Type References Description Additional information
All airports Regulation Subpart 2
Division V
Requirement to implement a safety management system
Airports listed in subsection 302.500 (1)
(Group 1)
Exemptions from regulatory requirements 1874 Exemption to facilitate implementation by holders of airport certificates Issued on
December 28, 2007
Airports not listed in subsection 302.500 (1)
(Group 2)
Exemptions from regulatory requirements 1944 Exemption to facilitate implementation by holders of airport certificates Issued on
December 10, 2008
Airports not listed in subsection 302.500 (1)
(Group 2)
Exemptions from regulatory requirements 1875 Exemption to provide more time to the holders of airport certificates to appoint an accountable executive Issued on
December 31, 2007
All airports Advisory circular AC 300-002 Implementation procedures for airport operators Compliance document
Sample project plan
Accountable executive selection flow chart
Accountable executive selection question list

Part V – Airworthiness

Applicability Document Type References Description Additional information
Approved maintenance organizations* Regulation Subpart 73
Division II
Requirement to implement a safety management system
Approved maintenance organizations* Exemptions from regulatory requirements 1346 Approved maintenance organization certificates issued prior to May 31, 2005, under section 573.02 the Canadian Aviation Regulations Issued on
June 13, 2005

*Approved maintenance organizations that include ratings for an aircraft of a type that, if operated in commercial air transport, would be subject to CAR 705 (Canadian Aviation Regulations, Part 7 – Commercial Air Services, Subpart 5 – Airline Operations).

Part VII – Commercial Air Services

Applicability Document Type References Description Additional information
Airline operations Regulation CAR 705
Division X
Requirement to implement a safety management system
Airline operations Exemptions from regulatory requirements 1345 Exemption to facilitate implementation by holders of air operator certificates issued prior to May 31, 2005, under section 705.07 Issued on
June 13, 2005

Part VIII – Air Navigation Services

Applicability Document Type References Description Additional information
Air traffic services operations Regulation Subpart 805 Requirement to implement a safety management system
Air traffic services operations Exemptions from regulatory requirements 1873 Exemption to facilitate implementation by holders of air traffic services operations Issued on
December 28, 2007
Air traffic services operations Advisory circular AC 800-001 Implementation procedures for air traffic services operations Compliance document
Sample project plan
Accountable executive selection flow chart
Accountable executive selection question list
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